Age 75, of Owosso, passed away Monday, February 8, 2010 at Memorial Healthcare, after a courageous two-month battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving wife of fifty-three years, Gaylene, sons, Ted and Steve, and daughter-in-law, Mary.
Paul was born on February 5, 1935 in Detroit, the son of Samual A. and Emma L. (Waters) Banagis. He enlisted in the United States Air Force at age seventeen, and served from 1952 to 1956 as a firefighter in a crash and rescue unit in Japan. He received his GED from Ovid Elsie High School following completion of his military service.
On June 29, 1957 he married Gaylene Reeser at Grace Bible Church in Owosso. Paul worked as a metal finishing specialist at Midland Ross for twenty-eight years and was a supervisor at Industrial Phosphate for two years. Later, after 10 years of service with the Owosso Public Schools, he retired in 1998 as the supervisor of the Mail and Supply Department.
Paul was a member of the Owosso Fraternal Order of Eagles, American Legion, and belonged to the Masonic Lodge. He loved being outdoors and riding his bike. He enjoyed spending time with his wife, either by walking, taking long drives in the countryside, or traveling around Michigan and down South. He was an avid MSU fan and enjoyed all sports, especially football or any sport he was watching his six grandchildren participate in. A lot of his time was spent fixing anything that needed to be fixed, and many things that didn't.
A Memorial Service, with military honors following, will be held at 1 pm, Saturday, February 20, 2010 at the First Church of God, 2100 N. M-52, Owosso, with Rev. John Miller officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 11 am until the time of the service.
Survivors include his wife, Gaylene; sons, Ted Banagis and Steve (Mary) Banagis; granddaughters, Jessica and Courtney; grandsons, Derek, Devin, Dylan and Shawn; brother, David Banagis; and special nephew, Nick Cramer.
He was predeceased by his parents; three brothers; and two sisters.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Memorial Healthcare Cancer Center or the American Legion Honor Guard.
Created by: Glenn Geirland
Record added: Feb 12, 2010
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